Cox’s Family Fun Fair in Ruddington

Sellors’ Playing Field will once again come alive with music and laughter at the end of July with the arrival of Ruddington “Wakes”. This year’s traditional family fun fair beside Wilford Road, run as always by Cox’s Amusements, takes place from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th of July. It’s now celebrating over fifty years on this site! The event itself actually dates back one hundred years, when the St Peter’s Feast was the start of the school holidays in the village, around the 29th of June. “The Wakes” were then held on…

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Wilbur’s Tenth Birthday in Pictures

Ruddington residents and other Wilbur fans from further afield turned out in force at the Frame Breakers’ pub tonight to celebrate our favourite feline’s tenth birthday! Here are some of our photos of the event… …predictably with no appearance whatsoever from its elusive star. Despite this, everyone seemed to have a great time – and the sun shone down! If you have more pictures of our village cat’s special celebration you’d like to share with us, please post them to the Ruddington Facebook page or respond to the Tweet below… Ruddington Community…

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New Writers and Knitters Groups in Ruddington

Ruddington Library is starting TWO new regular hobby groups this month. The first is a Writing Group that will meet fortnightly from Friday 5th July until Friday 16th August, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. The sessions will focus on fun, informal writing exercises in a supportive and no-pressure environment. Themes and direction will develop with the interests of the group. No prior knowledge is required, just an interest in writing although experienced writers are welcome! From Friday 19th July, a new monthly Knit & Natter group will start (all crafters are…

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Ruddington Joins ‘Plastic Free July’

Our village’s newest High Street shop is leading a 31 day challenge to reduce our negative impact on the environment. The Bottle Top is supporting the global campaign “Plastic Free July” by producing a “Low Waste Starter Pack” for anyone to download and follow. When husband and wife team Anthony and Alex Preston brought Ruddington’s former greengrocers’ shop back to life in May 2019 as a specialist off-licence, they also promised a range of products not previously available in our village. These include fresh produce and goods without all the plastic packaging, recyclable…

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Worldwide Wilbur – Village Cat Goes Global!

Last weekend we told you how Ruddington’s Wilbur the Cat had taken to social media and issued villagers with an invitation to his tenth birthday party next month. Since then, it seems the fame of our village’s favourite feline has spread right around the world! You can read more about Wilbur >>HERE<<. As well as RUDDINGTON.info spreading the news last Saturday of his special celebration, the idea of a ‘cat party’ also caught the attention of national news media, leading to an initial call from the BBC to Wilbur’s ‘publicist’ Nicola Burton! Nicola…

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A Party Fit for a King!

One of Ruddington’s most popular residents is set to celebrate his tenth birthday in style – thanks to two of his favourite village centre haunts. The now rather infamous Wilbur The Cat even has his own Facebook page “Wilbur – King of Ruddington” – and is also on Instagram – so that he may communicate directly with his subjects and to enable his many fans to cat-alogue his adventures! Wilbur is arguably one of the most loved and photographed felines in the country now, due to his penchant for visiting our local traders…

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Museum Helps Secure £70k of Lottery Funding

One of Ruddington’s museums has helped to secure a major cash boost for for a regional project recording our textile heritage. ‘Textile Tales’, which is being led by Nottingham Trent University,has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £70,000 for an initiative across the East Midlands shared between our own Framework Knitters’ Museum, Mansfield Museum, Erewash Museum and Nottingham City Museums at Lakeside Arts. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to engage local communities here in the historic heart of the UK’s textile industry. It’s also being supported by The…

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‘Ruddington Walking Bus’ Trial This Week

Last summer we revealed that a ‘Walking Bus’ was being proposed for Ruddington. After a survey was carried out, and followed up with two information evenings, it was decided there was enough interest and support to test out the idea in our village. After much planning, the first trial is this week! A ‘Walking Bus’ is a fun, healthy, safe and environmentally friendly way for children to get to and from school. It enables kids chaperoned by adults to walk to their school along a set route – in much the same way a school…

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Village Market Presents Makers’ Night

For one night only, Ruddington Village Market will be transformed into ‘Makers Night’ this month, as they present a special craft event across multiple village venues. This latest event builds upon the success of the monthly Village Market, which launched in February this year, and has grown in popularity and reputation right across the region. Taking place on Friday 21st June from 6pm until 9pm, Makers’ Night sees the Cottage Hotel, the White Horse Inn and the Frame Breakers all play host to over 30 craft stalls and street foods, forming what the organisers,…

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Ready For Ruddfest?

Ruddington’s annual Beer & Cider Festival makes a welcome return this week. “Ruddfest 2019” begins at midday on Thursday 30th May and runs from noon each day until Sunday 2nd June, with a full programme of events and activities taking place on The Green, at The White Horse Inn and at The Frame Breakers. The Victoria Tavern on Wilford Road will also be taking part by offering a wider selection of beers and ciders than usual – though there won’t be an outdoor bar this year. Even Ruddington’s new off-licence The Bottle Top will…

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